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Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal battles.
The Spokane County Elections Office confirmed Wednesday a measure proposing fines on certain coal and oil trains traveling through downtown had enough valid signatures to be put to voters in November. Opponents say the proposal faces a likely unsuccessful legal challenge that will cost an unknown amount of taxpayer dollars.
The one-year anniversary of the oil train derailment in Mosier is a potent reminder that Spokane and all communities along the tracks are at risk.
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and representatives of Union Pacific and BNSF said Thursday they’re working to ensure coal and oil moves safely through downtown Spokane and first responders are ready in the unlikely event of a derailment. Supporters of a fine for the trains rolling through Spokane say they should have enough signatures by Saturday to put the issue to voters.
Six months after a train hauling Bakken crude oil derailed along the Columbia River Gorge, Washington, Oregon and other officials are still tabulating a bill to send to Union Pacific Railroad.
An Oregon county has tentatively denied Union Pacific Railroad’s plan to add a second mainline track along the Columbia River Gorge where an oil-train derailed in June.
A couple of recent developments show that Washington state is doing what it can to ensure safer passage and to develop an emergency response strategy.
Everything possible should be done to discourage crude oil by rail and, ultimately, the mode and the cargo should be declared unsafe and illegal.
City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be withdrawn from the ballot at the council meeting Monday. Opponents had said the council was stepping on the toes of Congress and the Department of Transportation by considering the ban.
Slow progress has been made on efforts to upgrade or replace tens of thousands of rupture-prone rail cars used to transport oil and ethanol, despite numerous fiery derailments that prompted new rules for the industry, U.S. safety officials said Tuesday.
Washington and Oregon environmental regulators said Tuesday that regional coordination and planning exercises such as drills aided in their response to the fiery train derailment along the Columbia River earlier this month.
Sue Lani Madsen says emotions in the wake of a rail accident like that in Mosier, Oregon, can interfere with good decision-making about the movement of cargo.
Something to consider about the 30,000-gallon tank cars full of Bakken crude oil that regularly pass through Spokane: The oil industry says the “arbitrary, capricious” federal government must give it more time to make the cars safer. The leaking tank cars in Mosier suggest otherwise.
Crews have removed the last of the crude oil from a train that derailed Friday in the tiny Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier.
Congress must ensure that railroad reforms are rapidly adopted to ensure the safety of communities along oil shipping routes.
Union Pacific has resumed train service through the Oregon city affected by last week’s fiery derailment.
Track failure was likely the cause of the oil train derailment in Oregon, an official with Union Pacific Railroad said Sunday.